Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday

It's Outdoor Wednesday time again!! Thanks to Susan over at www.asoutherndaydreamer for hosting this wonderful event. Be sure to check out all the Outdoor Wednesday posts. Today, I want to share pictures of a day trip we took to Noccalula Falls Park in Gadsden, Alabama. We went to see the Ink and Blood exhibit at the cultural center, then headed on over to the park to eat lunch. Let me tell you, this park is absolutely beautiful! I want to go back and spend the day just at this park.
The park is home to a gorgeous 90 foot cascading waterfall. There are hiking trails, a pioneer village, petting zoo, train rides, campground, and chapel. The park was bursting with activity when we went. The leaves were just hinting at changing. The day was truly wonderful.

Legend has it that the park was originally known as Black Creek Falls. It was renamed by an Indian chief in honor of his daughter, Noccalula. Noccalula was being forced to marry a warrior from another tribe. She begged her father to let her marry her true love, a warrior from her tribe, but he refused. On the day of her proposed wedding, Noccalula went to the falls and took her life by jumping to her death. Her father was grieving for his beloved daughter and so renamed the park in honor of her.

The chapel sits next to the falls and is stunning. There was a beautiful bride there getting her pictures made.

The next few pictures are of the park. This is a gorgeous time of year to visit this amazing area. Take a picnic and a camera and you are set!

I hope you enjoyed my Outdoor Wednesday pictures! Have a super Wednesday!


Mary said...

What wonderful photos. You seem to travel quite a bit. I'll bet you have great fun. Have a wonderful day.

Ms. Bake-it said...

What a beautiful park. I love history and was glad you told the story about the naming of Noccalula Falls Park.

Thank you for sharing your day with us!

~ Tracy

Pam said...

I loved our visit to Noccalula Falls Park. Glad you had a good time too!